“Random Romans” : Vatican City, 2nd September 2010
Seeing as how today’s post is the 200th ‘Photo of the Day,’ I thought I’d wheel out one of my all-time favourites (yes, I’ve been keeping back some of the best for special occasions such as this!).
Mind you, I’m getting serious deja-vu as I write this: although I keep meticulous notes, when you get to this many blog entries it’s hard to remember which photos have been published already and which have yet to be aired.
I took this image in St Peter’s in the Vatican City, which is just about my least favourite place in Rome (I find it to be crass, tacky, overly ostentatious and just plain ugly).
I was sitting down, exhausted, in the early evening and about to depart when I decided to play around with my long zoom lens for a while, in the hope of capturing a few candid ‘people’ shots, a genre in which I do not excel.
Suddenly this glamourous lady walked past in front of me and I hurriedly took a few frames of which this was the clear winner.
Yes, it’s not properly focused and it’s blurred, but that just gives the impression of motion in the young woman with her hair swept back, off to who knows where.
Compositionally speaking, I find it to be wonderful, with the group of passersby in the background resembling figures from an L S Lowry painting standing out against the uniform grey of the stone pavement.
Well, even if I have posted this image before, I love it, and I think it’s good enough for more than a few displays…
A larger version of this image can be found here.
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